- Reviews: 1339
Wonder Lodge.: Wonderful lodge.
After staying 4 full nights at Las Vegas Lodge. Some 1.5kms up from the center of Banaue town (Poblacion), I transferred to Wonder Lodge to have a taste of the town center itself. Supposed to stay only for 2 days but ended up staying 5 days. So here’s my thoughts on Wonder Lodge.
Location – right at the center of the town, it is the very first accommodation on your left side (infront of) People’s Lodge on the right side. Stone-throw away from the main market building where you can find all sorts of shops from mini stores to restaurants, internet cafes, souvenir shops, a massage parlour and where they hold the nightly Ifugao cultural show on the top floor. The place is surrounded by several mini stores and bakeshops for your daily needs, few steps to all transport options – tricycles, jeepneys, vans, bus terminal is up the hill.
The Building – it’s a 3-storey wide building with some shops on the ground level. The first floor, that can be accessed from the ground level through few steps is under renovation (at the time of writing), repainting of light green going on in preparation for a nice restaurant where the scattered pieces of nicely carved wooden native furnitures and ornaments will be displayed. The 2nd and 3rd floor are where the actual rooms are located, all facing the main street of the town center below. So every day I get to watch all the business, tourists, locals going about their daily routine.
The Rooms – like most (may be all) accommodations around Banaue are basic and simple (except maybe for the biggest place – Banaue Hotel), tourists don’t spend lots of days in Banaue – it’s a jump off point. My room at the lodge is simple, two beds even though I’m single, draped with white bed sheet and blanket with another bright red fleece on top of it in case it gets colder at night. Good-sized room, probably 18sqm, and then there’s the balcony overlooking the main street below and where you can smoke. The plus is – there’s an in-room toilet/shower unlike most accommodations in Banaue with shared bath/toilet.
The Staff - the owner (Mildred) welcomed me with a wide genuine friendly smile, I consider her as the best asset of the place. She was so accommodating and we spent several nights laughing together with her funny stories about people and places. She made me feel so comfortable and “at home”.
They serve delicious home-cooked very affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chat with the owner who also manages the place, and you’ll get a lot of information for things to see and do around the area. She helped me with saving cost for my Batad tour as well as ways to see other sights which can be visited on foot for which some tourists have opted to rent tricycles.
From the lodge, you can possibly (even for the moderately fit) walk/hike up along the well-paved road (highway) getting up to the several viewpoints (about 5 of them) of the Banaue Rice Terraces, about 45 minutes if you want to reach the last viewpoint (Main) which provides the most stunning views. If you’re lazy or just want to take it easy, you can rent a tricycle for 200 pesos to go up to all the viewpoints, you can ask the owner of the lodge to hook you up with a friendly and efficient driver.
For the amount I paid, with ensuite toilet/shower (bring your own towels and toilet paper though), a balcony, good-sized room, nice food, fun stories from the friendly owner and kind staff - Wonder Lodge is worth more than what I’ve doled out of my pocket which by the way has the lowest room rate in town, 250/head for double rooms and 300 pesos for single occupancy.
You’ll love Banaue, small town with breath-taking sceneries, made me want to stay longer.
Wonder Lodge = highly recommended.
Friendly owner, centrally located.
- Reviews: 1894
PEOPLE'S LODGE AND RESTAURANT: HASN'T CHANGED IN ALL THE YEARS
Having lived in Banaue for 6 months in '95 i headed straight for People's Lodge as i had eaten many a meal there all those years ago. After checking in, unpacking and showering we headed straight to the restaurant and ordered vegetable curry and a mixed vegetable dish. We weren't disappointed, the portions were as big as before and tasted great. Providing the weather is OK you can sit outside, where there is a long table and tall stools, eat and admire the view opposite. We ate all our meals there and probably gained an extra kilo. The room was simple, clean and adequate.
- Reviews: 2
Native Village Inn: Accomodation out of Banaue town
This lodge is 9km away from Banaue and is only accessible via a dangerous cut on the side of a mountain. The unpaved road is frequently blocked by landslides and is very narrow so if you meet any oncoming traffic you may be pushed off the mountain. If you can get to the lodge safely you might enjoy the view of the Hapao terraces but in all honesty they are no different than those near Banaue. In fact all of the northern Cordillera region has rice terraces so there is nothing unique about the Native Village Inn. In fact, there is nothing else nearby so you are forced to eat in their own restaurant with inattentive staff. And there is nothing to do nearby unless you want to hike about. But the terraces are privately owned and so you should have a guide so that you don't encounter problems from land owners when walking their paths. But you should know that the guides in that area charge exorbitant fees with the connivance of the owner of the Native Village Inn. I negociated a walkabout with a guide there on the hotel's grounds and he cheated me right in front of the owner so that tells me the owner is not working in the best interest of his guests. I asked the owner, who is not a Filipino but a foreigner married to a Filipina, how to get back to Banaue town and all he could say was "Just go down to the dirt track and there will be a jeep passing sometime between 6 and 7 AM if it's not full already. That's another issue: transport to the Native Village Inn can be had in Banaue via trikes but it's very hard to get away from the place. And sometimes landslides block the only road out there. So, in short, just stay in Banaue town and forget about the Native Village Inn.
Great view of Hapao rice terraces.
- Reviews: 20
People’s Lodge: Nice place, nice view
Conveniently situated in Banaue’s town center, this four-level lodge offers a nice view of the town proper and the surrounding mountains at very affordable rates.
Private guestrooms with own toilet and bath with hot shower are available, as well as shared dorm-type lodging that use a common bath for backpackers and budget travelers.
I stayed in a nice, clean comfortable private room with its own bath that has a hot shower. The room had one double and one twin bed, no air-con, phone or TV (like most lodging places in the Cordilleras), very reasonable at only Php400 per day (this was sometime in October 2008).
The lodge includes a restaurant onsite with a veranda that has a relaxing vista, as well as an internet café (at Php50 per hour), a gift shop and a mini mart. The food and drinks are very good and reasonably priced.
The owner is very accommodating and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
The place is just almost across the Banaue Tourist Information Center, where one can pick up a map and a brochure on exploring Banaue and avail of the services of tour guides.
I particularly like the location and the nice view of Banaue proper from any level at the rear of the lodge.
The lodge is also very near the public market, and surrounded by a variety of souvenir shops that line the town’s main street.
- Reviews: 6
Native Village Inn: A haven of peace
We stayed in December 2009 for 4 nights at The Native Village Inn. It is owned by an Englishman, Graham Taylor, a man who set out to keep the area unspoilt, and he has succeded. All the materials used are natural and the setting is wonderful. The Ifugao huts are genuine and built without using any modern tools. There is a lovely resteraunt with local carvings, the food is good, and his staff are friendly and effecient. A lovely garden and the views from the terraces are fantastic;the place is quiet, unlike Banaue town which is 10 kms away. He can also provide experienced local guides with transport. We enjoyed our stay here and would recommend this hotel to people seeking nature and peace.
Accomodation in a genuine Ifugao hut... marvel at the way these huts are built without using any modern tools. Spectacular scenery ...
- Reviews: 141
Sanafe Lodge and Restaurant: Home Away from Home
Sanafe Lodge was recommended by my friend. The place is so beautiful. Very friendly and accomodating staffs. I had a great chat with the owner of the place, Susan Paredes. They have a wonderful Veranda where you can view the famous Rice Terraces. The food was SO GREAT! They have rooms that includes 3 single, 4 double, 3 family rooms and 3 dorms that can accommodate up to 50-60 pax. They can also help you arrange your tour around Banaue so that you will not get into the traps of those few foolish locals.
- Reviews: 1924
peoples lodge.: Very nice backpacker guest house.
The peoples lodge is a very well run guest house that caters to individual travellers on a budget.
i had a fine little room with attached bathroom for 7 dollars a night.
The room was basic, but just what i needed.
The place has internet service, a restaurant, luggage storage and a little convinience store too.
The people who run it are really nice and seem to have found out just what the individual traveller wants and are providing just that.
- Reviews: 11
Uhaj Native Village Inn: Serene Surrounding, Modern Amenities, Native Huts
Deck with pristine view of rice terraces, American-size meals, motion censored lights along the pathways, adjustable heater in the showers, hand held bidet at the toilets, common bathrooms that are spotlessly clean, no loud karaokes and tricycles/jeep to disturb your sleep, great food, wonderful people, comfortable mattresses, free small Safeguard soaps for each hut occupant together with big towels to use, adjustable brightness for pin lights inside the hut, and electric sockets inside huts (no battery charging fee unlike some Banaue hotels I've seen!). What more can I say?
- Reviews: 15
Banaue View Inn
Atop a hill and have a nice view of the activities at the town center below and a glimpse of the nearby rice terraces because of its higher location . Price range are slight higher than average (P300-800). Going to the town center can be a challenging task which involves steep steps.
- Reviews: 15
Green View Lodge
Centrally located. Nice proprietors. Decent rooms. Has its own restaurant. Guides and transportation to Batad or Sagada can be arraigned thru them. Price ranges from P100-200. Same as the nearby guesthouses.
- Reviews: 23
People's Inn: Cool Breeze, sounds of the river ...
It's in the town proper, very near the hanging bridge, it's overlooking a mini rice terraces theater, and there's a river directly below which equals to deep and pleasant sleep. As a bonus you can hear a lot of birds passing by which can be such nuisance at times.
Great views. Great and cheap foods. You need all the carbs you can get after all that climb. You can buy fruits from the market which is a few steps away and you can let them peel it, they don't make qualms about it.
- Reviews: 656
Green View Lodge: A Good Base for Trekking
The Green View Lodge provides simple, clean rooms ranging from P250 for a private room with shared bathroom to P1000 for a private room with a small balcony and private bathroom. The lodge also has a restaurant which serves up fairly cheap but more than acceptable food.
- Reviews: 20
People's Lodge: A good hotel
I did not stay here but got to see the place. Mrs Esberta the owner showed me the rooms which I find to be clean, and comparable to the place where I stayed. The rates are also similar, the views are also similar, with the eatery verandah also facing the terraces.
- Reviews: 20
Sanafe Lodge: Reasonably priced and comfortable
In a remote small village like Banaue, do not expect the facilities of a 5 star hotel as you would expect in Manila. Sanafe has hot water, which is very important in such a very cold environment; good food, clean beddings, and a wonderful view of the valley and mountains, especially in the morning. I do not see why I should not be going back to this hotel again.
The views are amazing, the coffee is piping hot, the breakfast nice and hot, what else could I ask for ? I paid Peso 600 per night for a queen bed.
- Reviews: 31
People's Lodge & Restaurant (PL&R): Banaue: Accomodation
Our room (rm205) costs php400/day with private cr (hot and cold bath) and is good for 3pax, facilities are not hotel-like but is still comfy and clean. Cheaper rooms are available (for 2pax or less, common cr).
Conveniently situated in Banaue's town center (making transportation arrangements easier) and has a nice view of the rice terraces. The sound of the water flowing in the river below is very relaxing (for me at least ) and makes you feel closer to nature.
People are very friendly and helpful.
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